Osun: Court sentences 2 to death for robbery, possession of arms 

 

An Osun state high court sitting in Osogbo, Thursday, sentenced two – Wasiu Afolayan (36), and Kola Adeyemi (34), to death by hanging for robbery, unlawful possession of firearms, and killing.

Afolayan, a battery charger, and Adeyemi, a spare part dealer, were arraigned on four count charges including conspiracy, armed robbery, attempted robbery, and unlawful possession of arms contrary to and punishable under section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (special provisions) Act, Cap R.11, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The convicts pleaded not guilty to the offenses preferred against them.

Prosecutor from the Ministry of Justice, Bewaji Adeniji, told the court that the convicts robbed the residents of C.A.C No.16, Oke-Onitea Area, Osogbo, on the 7th day of December 2018.

He disclosed that the arrest of Afolayan at the scene of the crime and his subsequent confession led to the arrest of Adeyemi at Ikire in the Irewole local government of the state. 

He explained that the convicts robbed residents of Oduola Street, Igbona Area, Osogbo on the 26th day of November 2018, where they carted away properties also killed one Olaniyi Adewale with the gun during the rubbery operation and escaped from the scene.

During the trial, the prosecutor called six witnesses and tendered several exhibits including the extra-judicial statements made at both Divisional Police Headquarters and the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

Justice Ayo Oyebiyi agreed that the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt and found the convicts guilty.

Counsel to the convicts, Adesina Olaniyan, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy on his clients, saying they are first offenders and they are ready to change for good.

Justice Oyebiyi thereby sentenced them to death by hanging.